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Students and teachers prepare for annual talent show

Juna Murao, Reporter
December 2, 2015
Filed under Briefs, Entertainment

Free State's third annual talent show will allow students to showcase their various abilities, including anything from singing Korean pop to Native American dance and reciting poetry. The show will be December 2nd, tickets are $2 and can be bought at lunch or at the door. Talent show director and...

School therapy dog provides support for students

School therapy dog provides support for students

Sydney Gard, Editor
November 30, 2015
Filed under Briefs

Zoe Severson is just like the average staff member. She comes to school every day, is featured on the staff page of the yearbook and supports students. However, there is one big difference between Zoe and her coworkers: she is a dog. Zoe’s owner Will Severson has been a special education teacher for...

Superintendent Rick Doll announces his retirement

Superintendent Rick Doll announces his retirement

Libby Stanford, Maame Britwum, Online Editors
November 23, 2015
Filed under Briefs

At a school board meeting Monday, Lawrence Public School's superintendent, Rick Doll, announced his retirement effective June 2016. Doll has been superintendent since July 2009 and is stepping down to take a position at Kansas State University next year. He will be a professor and executive director...

Curtain opens on biennial musical November 19-21

Sydney Gard and Maya Hodison
November 20, 2015
Filed under News, Top Stories

Stressed actors already fill the auditorium when senior Nat Hoopes walks in. He has 16 measures of music and a two minute monologue memorized and is ready to perform a dance for the choreographer. Because he’s been in between 10 and 20 plays, Hoopes isn’t used to being nervous for auditio...

USD 497 technology policy provides equal access

USD 497 technology policy provides equal access

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
November 20, 2015
Filed under Briefs, News, Top Stories

This year the school district took new steps to incorporate technology in learning. Textbooks in AP U.S. History classes and Algebra I classes are now being used online. One concern that arose out of this new policy was how the district is going to accommodate for students who do not have access to computers...

Increasingly heavy backpacks have negative spinal effects

Increasingly heavy backpacks have negative spinal effects

Trenna Soderling, Editor-in-Chief
November 18, 2015
Filed under News

Passing period can easily turn into a fight to see who can sprint down the middle staircase and get to class on time. A common weapon of choice? Backpacks, stuffed with textbooks, binders, workbooks and spirals. Today, heavy backpacks are common. Advanced classes come with large amounts of pap...

IPS students discuss the effect the class has had on them

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor
November 17, 2015
Filed under Briefs

When senior Kirsten Baska first signed up for her interpersonal skills (IPS) class, she knew it would be unlike any other class she took. An average class is more than just taking notes and tests. Baska said the curriculum for IPS includes lessons on topics such as stress relief, how to be more kind,...

FYI club works to raise awareness about suicide prevention

FYI club works to raise awareness about suicide prevention

Reagan Sullivan, reporter
November 16, 2015
Filed under Briefs

For Your Information club, (FYI) works to inform students about various issues at Free State. Junior Katie Lane, FYI club leader, explained what their latest project, suicide prevention, is about. “We are trying to train people in part of the Yellow Ribbon Project, so the first step is to train...

Homecoming video edits spark controversy among students and teachers

Libby Stanford, Co-Online Editor
November 10, 2015
Filed under News

On October 8th students and teachers filed into the small gym to watch the much anticipated Homecoming video. This year's Homecoming candidates spent two days filming the video, which was themed “elections”. They dressed up as various characters and did their best to convince the student body to...

Student Council members discuss General Assembly

Maame Britwum, Co-Online Editor
November 9, 2015
Filed under Briefs, News

At the start of the year Student Council began its transition from a classroom setting to a general assembly. Instead of having Student Council meet exclusively during third hour, meetings will be held after school to incorporate more students. Senior Meghan McClorey says the move is a return to how...

Student shares his experience and thoughts on Breast Cancer Awareness

Madi Engnehl-Thomas, Reporter
November 5, 2015
Filed under News

When senior Zak Reed drove across the Kansas River with his parents to see the bras across the bridge after moving here in 2009, he didn’t think much of it. Now, six years later, Reed believes the bras across the Kaw do not help with bringing awareness to breast cancer. “I don’t know how it’s...

Students weigh pros and cons of spirit busses

Students weigh pros and cons of spirit busses

Elizabeth Patton, Social Media Editor
November 4, 2015
Filed under News

While two lightning delays and double overtime made for an exciting soccer city showdown, it presented challenges in managing a spirit bus restricted by district rules. The first spirit bus of the 2015-2016 school year was supposed to be filled to the brim with cheerleaders and pumped-up students....

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